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Whisper Numbers: Shazam! to rise above Pet Sematary

Two new wide releases hope to continue the success of superhero and horror movies at the box office. Warner Bros. adapts one of the oldest comic property Shazam! [SHAZM] into a family-friendly action comedy. Zachary Levi [ZLEVI] stars as the superpowered alter-ego of a teenage boy. The PG-13 rated film has earned excellent reviews, which should entice moviegoers looking for a light-hearted take on a typically serious genre. Landing in 4260 theaters, Shazam! could zap $51 million.

Paramount remakes Pet Sematary [PETSM] based on the classic Stephen King novel. Buzz has been strong for the R-rated horror film, which premiered at SXSW to positive reviews. Showing in 3585 theaters, Pet Sematary could uncover $29 million.

Dumbo [DUMBO] did not fly as high as expected due to a mixed reception. Dumbo may decline 50% in its second weekend to $23 million.

Heading into its third weekend, Us [US] looks to gross another $17 million.

STX targets older moviegoers with the PG-13 rated drama The Best of Enemies [TBOEN] starring Taraji P. Henson [TPHEN] and Sam Rockwell [SROCK]. The similar themed Green Book opened wide in 1000 theaters with $5.5 million. Despite a higher theater count of 1705, however, The Best of Enemies has poorer reviews and may settle for $5 million.

That’s the whisper on the virtual trading floor.



Tag(s): SHAZM, ZLEVI, PETSM, DUMBO, US, TBOEN, TPHEN, SROCK

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By Box Office Whisperer on Thursday, April 4, 2019 @ 01:58 PM 683 views

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